RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
Responsible conduct of research (RCR) at The New School embodies research integrity, good stewardship of research, ethical research behavior, and the best practices of exceptional researchers. The Office of Research Support (ORS) in coordination with the The New School's RCR Academy offers policy, guidance, and RCR educational content to support university faculty, staff, and students involved in research.
ORS coordinates the RCR Academy to promote the responsible conduct of research on campus. Accepted practices for the responsible conduct of research can and do vary between disciplines. However, there are shared values for the responsible conduct of research, such as accuracy, honesty, efficiency, and objectivity. These values align with the standards set forth by federal and local regulations, funding agencies, institutional policies, professional practices and personal convictions.
The RCR Academy classes and events cover the following nine RCR core instructional areas described by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI):
- Conflicts of interest
- Data management
- Protecting human subjects
- Mentor and trainee relationships
- Authorship and publication
- Research misconduct
- Peer review
- Social responsibility
The RCR Academy education content and materials are available to the entire research community, regardless of funding. Student and post-doctoral researchers are encouraged to take advantage of these resources.
Training Requirements and Resources
+ Sponsored Research
Certain funding agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), require a plan for RCR training and oversight for all postdoctoral researchers and students (undergraduate and graduate) who will be supported by the award. The RCR Academy certification class as well as the open-access online training options listed below meet the current NSF RCR training requirements.
ORS will coordinate with key research personnel working on sponsored projects to verify training, as applicable; a copy of the certificate of completion will be required from the researcher(s) prior to the release of the award. The RCR training requirement flows down to all sub-recipients, including international organizations, under New School awards.
+ Online Training
Web-based programs of instruction in RCR are accessible to New School researchers through the following universities:
- University of New Hampshire: https://rit.sr.unh.edu/training/rcr.shtml
- University of Montana: https://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/montana_round1/research_ethics.html
- Washington State University: https://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/wsu/default.html
+ Additional Resources
RCR instructional materials are available from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI). These instructional materials address all nine core areas of RCR and more information about laboratory management, financial responsibilities, RCR administration, and assessment is also available. All these additional resources can be found in the Educational Resources Section on ORI's website.
Office of Research Support
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Policy and Guidance Documents
ORS RCR Policy
Other New School Policies related to RCR
- Academic Honesty and Integrity
- Copyright Infringement
- Freedom of Artistic Expression
- Student Code of Conduct
- Intellectual Property Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Office of Research Integrity:
- Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007)
- The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct (interactive)
- Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct (2005)
National Academies Press:
The New School strives to create an environment in which research and creative practice flourish, and it depends on individuals to exercise their integrity in carrying out their research activities. Despite the university community's best intentions, departures from accepted standards of integrity may occur.
In accordance with federal regulations, ORS is prepared, through its policies and procedures, to investigate and resolve suspected research misconduct by New School faculty, staff, students, and post doctoral scholars regardless of internal or external funding support.